Fudbalski klub Rad (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Рад) is a professional Serbian football club based in Belgrade. The club's name translates as "work" or "labour" due to being formed by the construction company of the same name in 1958.

Rad
Full nameFudbalski klub Rad
Nickname(s)Građevinari (The Builders)
Founded10 March 1958; 62 years ago (1958-03-10)
GroundKing Peter I Stadium
Capacity3,919
Head coachZoran Njeguš
LeagueSerbian SuperLiga
2019–20Serbian SuperLiga, 15th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Rad does not have a large supporter base but it is known for a very loyal supporter base, they compete regularly in the top tier of Serbian club football.

There have been some very famous successful footballers to have played for Rad, such as: Miroslav Đukić who would go on to play two UEFA Champions League finals with Valencia CF, Ljubinko Drulović who would go on to play for FC Porto and Benfica in Portugal, defender Zoran Mirković who would go on to play for Juventus, Filip Đorđević, Predrag Luka, Goran Bunjevčević who would go on to play for Tottenham FC, Luka Milivojevic who would go on to captain Crystal Palace FC in the English Premier League, Miloš Dimitrijević, Miroslav Stević who would go on to have a long career in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and Vladimir Jugović who would be a key member of the 1990–91 European Cup winning Red Star Belgrade side and the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League winning Juventus side where he struck the winning penalty.

The club has somewhat of a negative reputation caused mainly by its supporters who are known as "United Force", they can often be compared to the Millwall FC of Serbian football. On a positive note "United Force" are known as one of the most loyal supporter groups in Serbia following the club in good numbers home or away.

HistoryEdit

Rad was founded in 1958 by workers of the GRO Rad company. From the start the club had two major local rivals: Banjica and Jajinci, these rivalries were the rivals of the company but quickly it passed to football. The following individuals are considered as club's founders: Petar Đerasimović, the first president, Radojica Tanasijević, the first general selector, Željko Marjanović, the first financial adviser, and Ljubomir Lazić, the first vice president. The players that have played in 1958 can feel like founders as well, Rad had a lot of young players that were schooled in the First league teams, some players would include: Lazar Slavković, Đurđe Ivković, Vladimir Acević, Teodor Šušnjar, Milan Abramović, Brana Djaković, Aleksandar Banić, Živojin Rafailović, Aleksandar Andrejić, and a little later Sreten "Sele" Antić, Milan "Selja" Jovanović, and others.

The first head coach was Nikola Marjanović. The parliament has given the club a pitch in the center of Banjica, a few concrete stands were made, and later locker rooms were added, as well as the restaurant. The club had supporters in the Banjica region, which followed their club away and home. Rad quickly got promoted to the Belgrade League. In the period from 1965 to 1969, a change of generations had taken place. At that time the leaders were Ljubomir Lazić and Radomir Antić, notable managers were Đorđević and Đurđević, leaders for the players were Ratomir Janković, Vlada Vlaović, Matović, Zoran Bulatović, Dutina, Čeh and others.

The club's greatest success occurred in 1988–89 season when it finished the Yugoslav First League competition in fourth spot, ahead of many richer clubs such as Partizan. This success qualified Rad for the UEFA Cup in the 1989–90 season, where it was eliminated 2–3 on aggregate in the first round by Olympiacos (Rad lost 0–2 in Athens after winning 2–1 on home ground).

In 2011, Rad competed in the Europa League the club's second appearance in European competition and again the opponent was from Greece this time Olympiakos Volou. The first game played in Belgrade at the home ground of FK Obilić finished in a 0–1 loss for Rad, the second leg in Greece finished 1–1 with Nemanja Kojić scoring for Rad, which meant Rad where eliminated from the Europa League at the first hurdle, Rad's most successful manager who helped guide the club into European football Marko Nikolić would later go on to manage successfully across Europe especially in Hungary with Fehérvár FC and in Russia with FC Lokomotiv Moscow[1]

In February 2017, a section of Rad supporters were accused of shouting racist abuse during a match against FK Partizan that reduced opposition player Everton Luiz to tears and resulted in confrontation between the opposing sides at the end of the match.[2] There are examples of Rad supporters been accepting and supportive of minority players, such as when Predrag Luka a Romani people born Serb, played successfully for the club over a period of years and became a fan favourite.[3]

Name changes through historyEdit

  • 1958: club founded under the name of FK Rad
  • 1990: renamed to FK GRO Rad
  • 1993: renamed again to FK Rad

StadiumEdit

The stadium of Rad is the King Petar I Stadium, commonly known as "Stadion na Banjici" (Stadium at Banjica), which is located in the southern part of Belgrad's Banjica neighbourhood, and holds about 3,919 people. It was built in 1977, although its stand dates back to the pre-World War II period when it was used for military parades and other state celebrations during the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.[4]

Supporters and RivalriesEdit

Rad's supporters group was founded in 1987 under the name United Force, a relatively small but strong and well organized group. They have a historic association with football hooliganism. Their main rivalry is with OFK Beograd, the rivalry is known as "the small Belgrade derby"[5]

They profess far-right ultra-nationalist views, making them very unpopular with Bosniak Muslim nationalist fans of Novi Pazar who express their own far right views at most games, although in a footballing sense this has not really been a rivalry as the clubs through their history have hardly played in the same league/division.[6] They also have a local rivalry with the Crvena Zvezda, Partizan, OFK Beograd-Voždovac alliance with whom they contest Belgrade derbies.

HonoursEdit

Yugoslav Second League

Rad in European competitionsEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1989–90 UEFA Cup R1   Olympiacos 2–1 0–2 2–3
2011–12 Europa League QR1   Tre Penne 6–0 3–1 9–1
QR2   Olympiacos Volos 0–1 1–1 1–2

Current squadEdit

First teamEdit

As of 15 October 2020[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   SRB Nikola Đorić
3 DF   SRB Petar Stojanović
4 DF   SRB Marko Dobrijević
5 DF   SRB Miloš Tanović
6 DF   SRB Uroš Sekulić
7 MF   MNE Savo Gazivoda
8 MF   SRB Uroš Damjanović
10 FW   SRB Saša Jovanović
11 FW   SRB Matija Stojković
12 DF   SRB Đorđe Bašanović
13 MF   SRB Martin Novaković (on loan from Red Star Belgrade)
15 DF   SRB Bojan Ciger
17 DF   SRB Milos Milickovic
18 MF   SRB Nikola Grubišić
21 FW   MNE Ljubomir Kovačević
22 MF   SRB Aleksandar Busnić (captain)
24 FW   SRB Jovan Zogović
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 DF   SRB Mihailo Milutinović
26 GK   SRB Dušan Marković
27 MF   SRB Dušan Živković
28 MF   SRB Branko Riznić
29 FW   SRB Veljko Trifunović
32 MF   SRB Marko Blažić
50 DF   SRB Miloš Radivojević
55 MF   SRB Vanja Ilić
74 FW   SRB Marko Dedijer
77 FW   SRB Milan Đurić
87 MF   SRB Aleksandar Trninić
88 GK   SRB Danijel Mićanović
89 GK   SRB Ilija Nešić
95 DF   MNE Ilija Tučević
96 FW   SRB Pavle Radunović
99 GK   SRB Damir Kahriman

Players with multiple nationalitiesEdit

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2020.

Technical staffEdit

  •   Dragan Radojičić – Head Coach
  •   Dragoslav Milenković – Assistant Coach
  •   Slađan Nikolić – Trainer
  •   Vladan Radača – Goalkeeper Coach
  •   Vladimir Procikijević – Physical Coach
  •   Zdravko Marinković – Recovery Coach
  •   Zoran Rakić – Recovery Coach

Notable playersEdit

The club official website considers Duško Ajder and Dragan Kokotović as club's two major legends. Beside them, important players in different historical periods are considered Miodrag Vranješ, Ratomir Janković and Lazar Slavković.[8]

Former players with senior national team appearances:[9]

For the list of all current and former players with Wikipedia article, please see: Category:FK Rad players.

ManagersEdit

The club's current manager is Marko Mićović, who was appointed in December 2019.[10]

Kit manufacturersEdit

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2010–2012 Patrick None
2012–2013 Joma
2014–present NAAI Rubikon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.skysports.com/football/rad-vs-olympiacos-volou/245042
  2. ^ "Racist Serb fans torment Brazilian footballer Everton Luiz". BBC News. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Životni put Predraga Luke". telegraf.rs/sport/fudbal/3179110-predrag-luka-intervju-zivotni-put-romsko-naselje-mladi-radnik-pozarevac-fk-partizan-rad-banjica-skinhedsi-navijaci-vodja-united-force (in Serbian). 3 July 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  4. ^ FK Rad at srpskistadioni.in.rs
  5. ^ http://www.ultras-tifo.net/photo-news/3236-rad-belgrade-OFK Beograd-21-02-2015.html
  6. ^ http://www.ultras-tifo.net/photo-news/3236-rad-belgrade-novi-pazar-21-02-2015.html
  7. ^ "2020/21 Rad" (in Serbian). Serbian SuperLiga. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  8. ^ Club legends Archived 30 September 2013[Date mismatch] at the Wayback Machine at FK Rad official website. Retrieved 18 September 2013 (in Serbian)
  9. ^ Rad Beograd at National-Football-Teams.com
  10. ^ "Dragan Radojičić novi trener Rada". Večernje novosti (in Serbian). 23 August 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.

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